The effects of Meniere’s disease can range from mild to severe. This condition of the vestibular system can be crippling to those suffering from it, even in mild cases. This delicate system controls balance and orientation to one’s surroundings. This can make daily tasks difficult to manage. Often symptoms include:
- Full feeling in the ear
- Hearing loss
Generally, symptoms are felt during episodes whose length can range from minutes to hours. For many years it was believed that fluid trapped in the inner ear is what triggers the episodes. However, modern research points toward upper cervical misalignments that cause a lesion to form gradually on the Eustachian tube. This explains why those who present with the condition are usually between 20 to 50 years of age.
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Common Treatments and a Natural Approach
There are some treatment options for those with Meniere’s.
- Low salt diets
- Anti-vertigo medication
Unfortunately, these options have varying outcomes. For many, a new approach to the problem is welcomed.
One study was able to link 259 patients who had the condition to issues resulting from the upper cervical region of the spine (top of the neck). Another similar study found 62 patients who experienced hearing loss reversal through gentle adjusting of the upper cervical vertebrae as performed by upper cervical chiropractors. Many find that with this natural approach to care, symptoms were reduced, even resolved. This is especially noted in cases of vertigo associated with the condition.
If you suffer from Meniere’s disease and would like to see if upper cervical chiropractic care would help relieve some or all of your symptoms, set up an appointment for a consultation. An examination can help determine if a gentle adjustment to the upper vertebrae is needed. It could be what helps you realize relief or even reversal of your symptoms.
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- Burcon MT. Upper cervical specific protocol and results for 139 patients with medically diagnosed Meniere’s disease. , J Vertebral Subluxation Res November 14, 2010:1-10.
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